Sunday

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Today I learned a few things. Disclaimer, this post is a little random and sort of a brain dump.
The first being that shitty goggles get you nowhere. Or maybe they get you somewhere with an eye full of water.
Second, I learned that I am not a strong swimmer. In my head, I can swim many laps. In high school, I could have been a life guard. I took all the lessons and was a strong swimmer. In reality, with shirty goggles and 20 years later, I can swim exactly two and a half laps before realizing that I am out of shape and need better goggles.
I also realized that those laps were more than I’ve done in longer time that I care to admit and they are the beginning. Of what, I’m not exactly sure. Why? Because the reality (yes, more reality) of being married to a man who deals with an invisible disease is setting in. If no one sees your illness, then you’re not sick. The thing is, he has been dealing with Type 1 Diabetes for 33 years. He looks healthy, you say. And he is. But he still has a disease that is sometimes debilitating and could take his life with a wrong move. Why debilitating? Here’s an example, the other night, his blood sugar was high-ish. He took a shot of insulin and we ate dinner. While I was putting Sydney to bed, his blood sugar dropped to the 40 range. If it gets lower, he could end up comatose and call to 911 would be in order. Big Girl was here and able to help him that evening and I was none the wiser until Sydney was asleep and I came back downstairs.
This example is not our normal but it could be. Again, he is healthy. Could he be healthier? Yes and so could I and so could you.
Why is the pool the beginning? Because I’ve finally realized that my girl can’t live without her dad and her mom. I’ve realized that I need to be taking really good care of myself just in case. Frank and I are very aware that something bad could happen to either one of us and also aware of the fact that diabetes is a horrible invisible illness. It’s not easy for him to live with and not easy to watch. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve said, “How’s your sugar?”, well I bet you can do the math. In November, I will be raising awareness along with JDRF about what it’s like to like to live with T1D. Join me. #T1D4aDay
Sometime this week, I’ll go for 3 laps. Because if I don’t start small, I might not start. Got any swim tips? I’ll take them!

2 thoughts on “Sunday

  1. Yes, I have advice! Don’t aim for swimming a lot of laps continuously. Swim a length, rest 10 seconds (or longer), swim another, and then another, resting in between. When you are fine with that, up it to two lengths (a lap) with 10-15 or even 20 seconds rest in-between. In our Master’s swim class, we do a lot of repetitions of 4 lengths with the clock set at 2 minutes 40 seconds. And also a lot of very slow, medium, fast, and all-out 4-length sets. Our coach says that endurance is built with ladders like that rather than just straight lap swimming.

    Did not know that JD affected your family; will certainly support you!

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